Self and Nation
A `RARE BOOK' FROM LOCAL AUTHORS
`Here is a rare book, a truly helpful piece of work on the psychology of nationalism. Stephen Reicher and Nick Hopkins, of St Andrews and Dundee Universities, focus much of their study of recent Scottish experience, drawing on inter-views with political activists. The cast light on why our `Unionists' and nationalists feel so sure their side represents our national identity and the other lot doesn't. For once it is a compliment to say a book raises more questions than it answers. Stephen Reicher and Nick Hopkins open up large questions closer inspection' - Glasgow Herald
`In this impressive book Stephen Reicher and Nick Hopkins draw from a wealth of research to address issues of nationality, national identity and nationalism that lie at the heart of core topics in social psychology and its cognate disciplines. They have produced a powerful and scholarly text that interweaves an abundance of rich empirical data with a broad-reaching and timely theoretical statement. Moreover, the content is not confined to matters of national identity but also extends to treatments of stereotyping, prejudice, intergroup conflict, leadership, collective action, and the self .... For all these reasons, the book should serve essential and compelling reading for a very broad audience' - S Alexander Haslam, Australian National University
`Stephen Reicher and Nick Hopkins write with elegance and clarity, drawing the reader into their argument, without losing any of its complexity and nuance. This book deserves to make a major impact in studies of nationalism. It ought to become a classic.... I'm quite bowled over - it's really brilliant' - David McCrone, Edinburgh University
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... emergence of this market. What was needed was a new and singular national
consumer with unified tastes. The task of psychology, as clearly enunciated in the
editorials of new social psychology journals, was to help in fitting the individual ...
To re-label these arguments about nationhood in national terms, it could be said
that the French tradition, in which the nation is seen as a contract between free
and equal individuals, provides the final nail in the coffin for the German tradition,
The second reads: 'The essence of a nation is that all individuals have many
things in common, and also that they have forgotten many things.' He continues, '
No French citizen knows whether he is a Burgundian, an Alan, a Taifale, or a ...
In reading them, each individual is aware that many other members of the
national community will simultaneously be doing likewise. The print language
need not be particular to the given nation, nor need it be the first language of all
These are regulated as much in terms of their implications for the health of the
nation as the well-being of individuals. Even the collection of family heirlooms
can be equated with the preservation of national heirlooms (Lowenthal, 1985).
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